Valve Cover Gasket Replacement at your home or office in North Kingstown.

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Tyler

25 years of experience
178 reviews
Tyler
25 years of experience
Great job and nice guy.
Outstanding experience. Tyler is an outstanding mechanic. He arrived at 10am and worked over 3 hours without interruption till he completed changing my Avalon head gasket. He is friendly and courteous and neat. What I appreciated about Tyler was his approachability; he was transparent and answered my questions in a helpful way. After he finished installing the head gasket, he inspected the engine for leaks, brakes and tires to ensure I did not have any additional problems. I will call on him to service my car and truck in the future. I've already recommended him and My Mechanic to several relatives. BTW My Mechanic charged me $274.06 (for 3.5 hours work); my dealer wanted to charge $750 for 5 hours to change the head gasket.

Grzegorz

39 years of experience
472 reviews
Grzegorz
39 years of experience
he is professional and nice, and patiently explained to me the work and answered my questions.
Thoughtful and capable mechanic. Arrived within arrival window and finished job within prescribed time. Would definitely recommend!

Melvin

15 years of experience
221 reviews
Melvin
15 years of experience
Honest about his work. And he knows his cars.. Mike... 1994 honda civic distributor and valve cover gasket..

David

12 years of experience
103 reviews
David
12 years of experience
My experience with YourMechanic.com was great. I received professional, timely service at a reasonable price and I wasn't up-sold like with other brick and mortar shops.

Theodore

14 years of experience
1066 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
He had lost his voice, bUT worked hard non stop and got my car fixed. Definitely using this service again.

Timothy

20 years of experience
104 reviews
Timothy
20 years of experience
Tim showed up early and had all the parts with him. He understood what was wrong and went right to work in inclimate weather. He got the job done in the right amount of time. He also went over the "bucket" list of things my car needed as I have a lot of deferred maintenance. He helped me pick out the most important things to take care of first as I have a limited amount of money

Ira

34 years of experience
259 reviews
Ira
34 years of experience
Very friendly! Would use him again!

Stefan

15 years of experience
367 reviews
Stefan
15 years of experience
Stefan was courteous and took the time to answer any questions I had. Would book him again.

Chris

16 years of experience
334 reviews
Chris
16 years of experience
Chris arrived on time even though I wasn’t home yet and went above and beyond and waited til I got there. Did an excellent job and will definitely recommend.

Rigoberto

9 years of experience
699 reviews
Rigoberto
9 years of experience
Rigoberto is very professional and knowledgable. Work was performed as quoted. I recommend his services.


How much does Valve Cover Gasket Replacement cost in North Kingstown?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in North Kingstown. Our mechanics in North Kingstown are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in North Kingstown.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Toyota Camry $132 $20.37 $111.98 22% $170.87
2004 Saturn Vue $469 $156.69 $311.96 18% $575.94
2005 Kia Sedona $378 $193.86 $183.97 14% $441.11
2008 Lexus SC430 $352 $207.85 $143.98 12% $401.35
2014 Mercedes-Benz B250 $835 $106.80 $727.90 23% $1085.05
2012 Porsche Boxster $744 $135.69 $607.92 21% $952.69

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Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Service

What is a valve cover gasket and how does it work?

Each cylinder head on your car’s engine has an aluminum or plastic valve cover bolted to it. Between this valve cover and the cylinder head, there is a gasket that keeps engine oil from leaking out. The valve cover bolts keep the gasket compressed, thus preventing leaks. Over time the gasket becomes brittle from the engine’s heat or the bolts loosen, creating an engine oil leak.

When to consider replacing a valve cover gasket?

Look for these signs of oil leakage at the valve cover gasket:

  • Oil seepage or dripping. Should the joint between the valve cover and the cylinder head fail, oil often becomes visible on the valve cover or cylinder heads. Usually, the oil will attract and hold dirt.
  • Oil accumulating inside the spark plug well. The spark plug tube seals are part of the valve cover sealing system. If the tube seals are leaking, you will see oil on the spark plugs or wires. The valve cover gasket and tube seals are all replaced at one time if either fails.
  • Oil leakage at the rubber grommets. The bolts holding the valve cover to the cylinder head sometimes have rubber grommet seals under the bolt heads. If these seals are leaking, you will see oil seepage around the bolt heads.

How do mechanics replace a valve cover gasket?

  • Remove engine cover. Some engines have plastic covers over the entire top. The plastic engine cover is removed to access the valve cover(s).
  • Remove components. On 4 cylinder engines, the valve cover is usually readily accessed once any electrical components and emission control tubing are removed, plus any accelerator linkages that might be in the way. On 6 or 8 cylinder engines, depending on which valve cover gasket is leaking, removal of the air intake plenum might be required, as well as additional steps.
  • Remove valve cover. Once the valve cover(s) is accessed, the cover retaining bolts are removed and the cover pulled off. The valve cover sealing surface is checked with a straight edge to be sure the cover is flat and thus reusable.
  • Install new gasket. The new valve cover gasket is applied along with new rubber grommets under the retaining bolt heads. If there are spark plug tube seals, these are replaced as well. In some applications, oil resistant RTV (room temperature vulcanization) sealant must be applied to specific segments of the sealing surface, along with the new gasket, to ensure a complete and effective seal. The cover is bolted back on, using a calibrated inch pound torque wrench, and all other components are restored to their original position.
  • Check for leaks. Finally, the car engine is run and a visual check is made for oil leaks.

Is it safe to drive with a valve cover gasket problem?

Yes, as long as the amount of oil leaking is small, and there is no leak onto hot engine parts such as the exhaust manifold, it is safe to drive your car until you have an opportunity to fix it.

If you notice oil leaking on to the ground beneath your car after it is parked, you do not have a small leak, and it needs to be found and repaired as soon as possible. Any leak, of course, means your oil level is dropping as you drive the car. If you have a leak, be sure to check your oil more frequently than usual so you do not run low on oil and damage the engine.

When replacing a valve cover gasket keep in mind:

  • The mechanical components of a car engine will typically outlive the gaskets used to seal the engine. However, many of these gaskets, including the valve cover gaskets, are relatively easy to replace.
  • Never add stop leak type products to engine oil or other vehicle fluids. Not only are these materials not approved or specified by the original equipment manufacturers, but they also can create additional problems that may be costly to repair.
  • Often, if a car is old enough to have a valve cover oil leak, there will be oil leaks elsewhere on the engine, so you should request a complete leak inspection. It may be more cost effective to repair multiple leaks during one service call.
  • Often, the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve is inserted into a rubber grommet in one of the valve covers. An old rubber grommet is a potential leak source, as well as connections to the PCV valve. These components should be inspected and considered for replacement while there is access to the valve cover.

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